This Month in the Studio, the April Edition.

I bet most of thought I’d forget/procrastinate or just put it off until it was too late! Ha! And yes, I’ll give you that it’s closer to the end of the month but still, it’s April!

It’s been steadily busy here in my home studio, getting ready for the show next weekend, working full time and looking after my dog keeps me busy. Oh and don’t forget painting!

Two weeks ago I sat down and made my pre show “what pieces to bring list” and it’s already been revised a few times. But my strategy is simple this year- bring lots of smaller pieces and a few (2) of the big ones. As much as I love painting big pieces, they need a buyer with some big wall space.

Lake Louise is 24”x36” acrylic on canvas.

Today I started to pack up the small pieces: the birds, the garden series and a small landscape or two. I’m doing so I found 4 pieces that are not ready so that’s my work for tonight. I always find it a bit sad when the art work comes off my wall but hopefully after next weekend many will have found new homes.

Some of my bird paintings.

I am still participating in my year long colour and mixed media exploration over at Paint Wisdom Studios. It’s a wonderfully supportive artistic community and Monopalette is absolutely free! I highly recommend it if you want to try something new and explore colour.

Shell pink, our colour for April.

I also treated myself to a travel sized watercolour kit from my local art store! In my art journaling for Monopalette I found I was watering down my acrylics so it seemed like it was time to learn how to use them! Plus that’s what I’ll be taking to Scotland in 2024 when I finally plan on getting back there!

I’m still managing to produce new paintings thru all the show prep, I can’t not paint! In one of my workshops someone said the following statement: paint and you love. It really struck a chord with me so I have taken it to heart this month, exploring more florals and birds simply because they make me happy! I still love my landscapes but at times they can be overwhelming challenging.

My Hummingbird Garden will be going to the show!

It will be good to be at another live show and I am looking forward to it even though it’s exhausting! In next months blog I’ll let you know how it all went, until then, thanks for stopping by and reading my blog!

This month in the Studio

Marketing is hard. I’d much rather be painting or walking Mable or just about anything else but it’s a necessary part of being an artist. The mysterious and ever evolving algorithm on Facebook and Instagram make it that much harder. My audience grows very slowly, I’m just at 300 followers on IG and that took 6 years! My Facebook hack last summer pretty much decimated my art page and followers.

I was listening to a podcast the other day that got me thinking about how to draw my followers, collectors and friends to a non IG/FB platform and it dawned on me that my very much under utilized blog and gallery is right here on WordPress.

Introducing: This Month is the Studio! Each month, I say with the best of intention, I will be putting out a newsletter type blog taking about what I’m working on: my ideas, success’, failures and general goings on from my home studio and of course my new pieces ready for purchase.

March 2022 (because why not start now)

Since January I have been taking a free, weekly online workshop, painting and creating with a group of women from all over the world. Paint Wisdom Studio is the creative baby of Connie Solera and this workshop is called Monopalette. It is so refreshing and inspiring for me to learn and share with this wonderful and supportive community.

My Warrior Women and my Ladies art series’, which I’ve been playing with for the last little while, are finding their voice lately. I’ll be sharing these pieces in my blog as the months unfold. But here is a sneak peak to a few pieces that I sketched out while I was at the off grid cabin last fall.

I am not going for super detailed with my Ladies, just an impression and a feeling of who they represent.

I’ve also recently started to keep both an art journal and a studio log. I’ve always only painted on canvas or canvas paper so it blew my mind to see the art journals of my fellow participants! One journal is even an older hardcover book that I paint in! A radical, mind blowing idea that found a perfect home in an old copy of the Sword and the Stone. I finally have one place to keep track of my ideas instead of pieces of scrap paper taped to my wall!

A page from my art journal

In next month’s “In the Studio” I’ll talk about getting ready for the show at the end of the month; how I decide which paintings to take and of course my creations!

Thanks for reading my little blog! See you next month! 🎨 on!

Show Prep

Two weeks from now I’ll be taking part in my first show since October 2019! Crazy! Before Covid I had already decided to take 2020 off from shows and focus on building my skills. I was pleasantly surprised that I had a pretty successful 2020 and early 2021. The set up part has been so long that I am feeling a little rusty! I am trying to spend a little time each day getting everything organized all while continuing to paint and work full time. Good thing I like lists!

I’m looking forward to the show that’s happening here in CP on September 11th and 12th. It is looking a bit different this year because of Covid rules but it will be good to see my art friends again and of course my art followers. My style has changed since October 2019 and I think people who know my art will see the difference.

I sat down the other night to plan out what my booth will look like and I quickly came to realize that I’m taking too many pieces for the size of my booth..great. Now I have to pick and choose which pieces go up when, and all I can think of is what if the perfect buyer is at the show and their perfect painting is in the back storage area? That’s how my brain works!

I have been spending some time deciding what goes up and when and I did a little creative planning earlier today (yes, it’s on my living room floor) and under Mable’s watchful eye I now have a basic layout for the big wall; I feel better now. Often though, when it comes time to setting up, I do end up changing my mind anyways! Later today I will work on the 2 side wall layouts as well. We will only have 2 hours to do our full booth set up (I think it normally takes me 3 hours) and I feel much calmer now that I can visualize what the big wall will look like. My labels are printed, business cards are on order and I’ve assembled almost everything that I need for my booth. I still have 2 weeks, thankfully!

In the meantime, and because I need to paint everyday, I’m developing two new series: one called Warrior Women/ Forest Guardians and a second series originally entitled Stand, an idea that came to me 18 months ago and has been nagging at me ever since. If you follow me on Instagram you will be able to follow my creative process on both series.

Happy Sunday everyone!!

🎨on!

Anne

New Coordinates, Same Webpage

It’s like a new beginning! A fresh Facebook art page appropriately named annescanvas and a new personal site but honestly I don’t remember it being this much work the first time around! So many details to remember, not to mention adding in all the photos of the art work with their individual details and price.

Maybe I’m feeling like it’s so much work because I’m still grieving the loss of the original pages. Facebook doesn’t seem to give a s**t that I’ve lost my pages: how can a company that big have zero people to assist someone? It’s beyond me ..

So I plod a few minutes everyday, coming up with new bits of info and fill in the blanks to rebuild what a hacker stole in under 8 minutes! Crazy!!

I did manage to post a message on my original art page that appears to have been sent to my followers even though it’s not visible anymore if you open the page. I don’t know, I can’t explain it!! At least I am painting again.. I wasn’t for the first few days, I realized and accepted that although I am grieving my lost information I can’t stay stuck there.

I like the rise-from-the-ashes mythology of the Phoenix: maybe I’ll get there one day but today I feel like a baby goose floating on the water.. now to figure out how to change with FB link….

🎨 on!

Anne

What Happens To my Art Community When I Lose Access to Facebook?

This has been a difficult 36 hours. I woke up yesterday to find my account on Facebook was hacked; passwords, email address and phone number all changed! Just like that! I tried every tip found on the Facebook help page and nothing worked. I am not overly computer savvy, I am not overly Facebook savvy but why oh why is it so hard to recover your hacked account?

According to my friends, my personal page is just gone, removed from friends lists and contacts, no trace of any online presence from the last 12 years. The only thing left is my now inaccessible Art by Anne Forsythe page. I can deal with my lost memories and photo’s; I’ll be able to reconnect in some fashion with my friends and family but what upsets me the most of I can’t get into my art page. Unless I can resolve the hack, it will just go on, no new uploads, no new art. Very upsetting. I cant reach my followers to tell them what’s happened, again, very upsetting.

I’ve spent the last few hours trying to reach someone, a real live person at Facebook and to no great success. Due to covid restrictions, no person is manning the phones? Really Facebook? come on..No real person anywhere to help one of their users sort out this mess!!

In an effort to communicate with FB, I opened a new account, found a few different links in which to leave messages and following a note on a community help board, my new account was then disabled. I kid you not!

I am not a well known or a well established artist, but most of my sales came from regular postings on FB, so what will it look like now? I have no idea. I have Instagram, I still have access to that, after I quickly moving to secure that account at 530am yesterday.

I am at a loss. Is there another online forum similar to FB? Has this happened to anyone? Should I just build another profile and start again on FB? ugh..this is not how I wanted to spend my long weekend!! If you have any suggestions, I’d love to hear from you. Normally this would be shared to my personal FB page and I’d move it over to my Art page..so can I please ask you to like, follow and share my blog? Leave me a comment if you have experienced this an how did you resolve it? I’d appreciate hearing from you. Until I decide what to do you can reach me here or on my Instagram. I will be disabling the FB link found on my website if it hasn’t been already.

2 of my most recent Bloom pieces to keep me company while I navigate this FB mess. In the meantime, I’ll keep painting and posting here, Fb’s loss is my blogs gain!

🎨 on!!!

Anne

Something Fun

Here is a little video my friend Choleena put together for me! She is the awesome artist webmaster who helped me redesign my website earlier this year. When I shared with her that I always take a lot of pictures of the process along the way, she suggested a little video..and here it is!

This was the favorite castle from an epic trip in July of 2016! This painting of Eileen Donan Castle was a lot of firsts for me as an artist and I absolutely love the way it turned out! It was a surprise Christmas gift for my Sister and travel companion and I managed to keep it a secret for 3 months! My sister and I loved this castle, and even though it was raining that day we managed to have a grand time exploring the castle with one of the onsite tour guides. We were even shown some hidden rooms and hallways away from the many tourists! Such a great day! They also had the best giftshop!

I hope you enjoy this video as much as I enjoyed making this piece of art! The awesome music is

Achaidh Cheide – Celtic by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100340
Artist: http://incompetech.com/

Choleena can be found at Choleena.com

Paint on!

Anne